Dee Ray to speak at Boise State Univ. conference on play therapy

Originally published 8/26/14 on the Boise State website:

RayDee Ray, director of the Child and Family Resource Clinic at the University of North Texas, will present "Advanced Play Therapy: Deepening the Relationship" at the Idaho Initiative for Play Therapy Studies conference from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 14-15.

The two-day conference will be held in the Student Union Hatch Ballroom.

"The conference will focus on advanced play therapy skills including the use of themes in play therapy, assessing therapeutic progress and building positive relationships with parents for the child's therapeutic benefit," said April Schottelkorb counselor education associate professor and director of the Idaho Initiative for Play Therapy Studies. "Ray also will discuss skills and techniques related to aggression and setting limits."

Ray has published more than 85 articles, chapters and books in the field of play therapy, specializing in research publications specifically examining the effects of Child Centered Play Therapy.

She is author of Advanced Play Therapy: Essential Conditions, Knowledge, and Skills for Child Practice, Child Centered Play Therapy Treatment Manual, Group Play Therapy, Child Centered Play Therapy Research and former editor of the International Journal of Play Therapy.

She is a founding board member and past president of the Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling. She was noted as one of the Top 25 Women Professors in Texas and the recipient of:

  • Texas Outstanding Counselor Educator Award
  • Outstanding Research Award for Association for Play Therapy
  • Outstanding Research Award for Texas Counseling Association
  • Nancy Guillory Award for Outstanding Service and Contribution to the Field of Play Therapy from Texas Association for Play Therapy.

Fourteen hours of continuing education units (CEUs) in Association for Play Therapy, social work and counseling are available, in addition to one graduate or undergraduate credit.

Lincoln Parking Garage parking passes will be sent to people who register by email prior to the conference.

Conference fees, registration forms, continuing education credits and other information are available on the play therapy webpage.

As the first play therapy center in Idaho, the Idaho Initiative for Play Therapy Studies seeks to serve those who counsel clients, particularly children, in schools, public agencies, private practices and other places. Play therapy is routinely used by thousands of counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers around the world to help children and their families cope with their problems and fears.

For more information about the conference, contact Schottelkorb at

By Ralph Poore, Boise State University

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